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Local Commentaries

Girls’ Night

My granddaughter was home for a visit a couple weeks ago. When I went over to visit with her, she dropped a bombshell. She is planning to marry next summer. That part I knew. I also knew that she was planning a wedding out of town. What I did not know is that she wants to wear my wedding dress! ...

Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

There is a wonderful country song sung by George Jones which is about great country singers who have now passed or someday will. To give you a taste of it, here are four lines: “Who’s gonna fill their shoes? Who’s gonna stand that tall? Who’s gonna play the Opry And the Wabash ...

Outdated Facilities Needing Either Renovations Or Reconstruction

Little is more important than ensuring our safety and the safety of those we care about. Although we don’t often give it much thought, when we need help we inevitably count on the police to quickly come to our aid. It’s long past time we help them. Few have set foot in one of our local ...

High Court To Address Bump Stocks

Expected soon is a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will affect guns. Yet by all indications, the decision won’t be about the Second Amendment. ı ı ı This action — Garland v. Cargill — addresses bump stocks. Central to this action is the National Firearms Act’s machine gun ...

A Jury Judges A Former President

For the first time in our history, a 12-person jury of one’s peers unanimously found a former President guilty of a felony after applying the highest level of proof in our judicial system… “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” There are really two stories here — that of our judicial ...

Overlooked Truths Of Retirement Accounts

Nearly half a century ago, on Labor Day 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The bill created Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and essentially paved the way for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and a host of imitations. Retirement experts have been beating up ...